Kimberly Carlson

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKimberly Carlson is an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Management. As a land systems scientist with a focus on tropical agriculture, Kim’s expertise spans the disciplines of remote sensing, tropical ecology, biogeochemistry, and land change modeling. She received her PhD from Yale University’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies in 2012, under the supervision of Professor Lisa Curran. Kim’s dissertation investigated how oil palm expansion in Indonesian Borneo alters land use, contributes to greenhouse gas emissions, and affects stream ecosystems. Kim holds a Bachelor of Science with Honors from Stanford University, and worked as a Hawai’i field tech and GIS specialist for Professor Greg Asner at the Carnegie Institute’s Department of Global Ecology. Most recently, she was a Global Landscapes Initiative Post-doctoral Research Scholar at the University of Minnesota’s Institute on the Environment. Her post-doctoral research examined tradeoffs between global agricultural crop production and greenhouse gas emissions.  Her research has been funded by NASA, NSF, USDA, and Google. Kim’s CV is available here.